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Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Situations: Resources for Parents and Caregivers

A worried child with a teddy bear

As tragic, unrelenting events continue to occur in our city, neighborhoods, suburbs, and around the country, it is important to be mindful of the impacts that can spread far and wide and stay with us over time. As these incidents happen, children often look for reassurance and answers to difficult questions. With open communication, parents and caregivers can help them express their emotions, overcome challenges, and learn. In simple, everyday ways, caregivers can give children important tools they will carry with them into the future. 

Below you will find a selection of age and developmentally appropriate resources for parents and caregivers. 

In times of trauma and uncertainty, it is vital that kids are given information that is appropriate for their age and level of development and, with help from trusted caregivers, learn to manage their emotions and feel safe.